Find out about our Shared Reading project

17th November 2017

Since February 2017 we have been running a weekly Shared Reading Group at Parklands View extra care home in Derby.  The group comprises 12 residents aged between 50 and 90 who have extra care needs.  The group has been a great success and we are now looking to start other groups in the city and so require volunteers to run these.

Shared Reading may involve reading a novel or poems and shorter pieces of prose with a group to encourage their sharing of thoughts or experiences.  The overall objective is to reduce social isolation and enable better well-being and improved self-esteem and confidence.

We are looking for volunteers who can:

  • confidently read in front of a group
  • facilitate discussions which enable participants to make connections with the readings and their own lives
  • relate well to people and take an interest in their personal stories
  • can offer a regular commitment of 1.5 hours a week (day, time and venue to be agreed) plus time for preparation and support meetings.

We will provide:

  • on-going support in setting up and maintaining a group
  • information and suggestions regarding reading materials.

We are holding an information session on Tuesday 5 December 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, venue to be confirmed, but we anticipate that free parking will be available at the venue. 

If you would like to attend, or can’t attend but would like to receive more information, please let us know by emailing us at: or by telephoning: 07852 362881.

We really enjoy running our group and find it very rewarding and we look forward to hearing from you if you think Shared Reading may be for you.

Look out for our first event announcements …
We will be revealing details of some of our 2018 Festival authors at the end of next week … so look out for the e-shot or check our social media or website blog for the latest news!

Aviva Funding – final push!
Thank you for your support for our funding bid for one of our engagement programmes, Shared Writing, which we run with disadvantaged children and young people in Derby schools and with learners at Derby College, who have English as a second language.

We have received over 1500 votes to date.  If you haven’t voted yet, we would be very grateful if you could support us by voting before the closing date of 21 November:

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